Serving Black moms and babies since 2014
Birthing Beautiful Communities is a village of birth workers, or doulas, operating as a 501c3 non-profit. We primarily provide social support to pregnant women at highest risk for infant mortality during the perinatal period.
We provide free neighborhood-based services include childbirth and parenting education with workshops and classes on breastfeeding, stress relief, bonding with baby, co-parenting and healthy eating. BBC also offers perinatal support training to provide support for labor, delivery and postpartum health including depression, and family, life and personal goal planning.
Embedded within BBC’s services are strategies to address the social determinants that impact infant mortality. These include education and engagement, and systems change (systemic racism, Medicaid coverage, maternity and family leave and comprehensive sex education). Since its founding, BBC has trained 26 perinatal support specialists and served over 500 women in total. Of those who completed all required Sisters Offering Support (SOS) Circle interventions, 92% had full term pregnancies last year, and an overall 99.8% infant survival rate. BBC receives funding from Ohio Department Medicaid and the Cleveland Foundation.
A woman who heals herself, heals her mother, daughter, grandmother and every woman around her.
BBC was established in 2014 with a mission to address and improve the systemic and community structures that lead to poor birth outcomes through culture, education, advocacy, support and engagement (CEASE). It holistically supports pregnant women to deliver full-term healthy babies, and in achieving equitable birth outcomes.
BBC intends to increase its reach by further expanding its services to various parts of Cuyahoga County. Be on the lookout for our Birthing Center, coming Fall 2020!